Business of Anesthesia & Fundamentals of Practice Management
Simulation can and has been utilized by a variety of medical fields for the teaching of skills, retention of skills and practice in high-risk low frequency events, and to improve team dynamics. Simulation has been utilized both in clinical settings as well as in formal educational models with outcomes such as improved confidence and increased team cohesion. While the benefits of medical simulation have been frequently studied and published, the actual process of implementation has been less well discussed. Barriers exist and have been identified to the implementation of simulation. However, methods for overcoming those barriers are less commonly discussed, which may decrease the ability to utilize simulation in more facilities. Navy Medicine has been utilizing large multidisciplinary simulation-based training for many years across most Navy facilities. During this time many of the published barriers have been experienced, but they have also been successfully overcome. These realistic methods to overcome barriers will be discussed so learners can implement simulation programs in their own facilities to improve team dynamics and patient outcomes.